There’s so much to see and do in Thetford and the surrounding area. Walk along historic streets and over bridges that have stood for centuries, past beautiful lakes and riverside views right in the centre of town. While Thetford is an excellent base for visiting the whole of Norfolk and East Anglia, there’s plenty to do in the town itself.
Thetford High Street is pedestrianised, offering a car-free space for visitors and residents, so you can safely stop and take in the detail of the historic buildings. Staying close to the town centre, take a stroll to Castle Hill, Thetford Priory or the British Trust for Ornithology. Just a little further out of town are the beautiful Nunnery Lakes, or for a riverside walk in town, follow the banks of either the River Thet or Little Ouse.
Norfolk is home to many legendary walking trails, and Thetford is an excellent base for taking a few of these in, including the Angles Way and Peddars Way. The Everything Thetford team have maps and timetables to help you plan your expedition. Alternatively, the walking trails in Thetford Forest are a bit gentler and usually bring you back to High Lodge for a coffee at the end!
High Lodge in Thetford Forest is a mountain-bike Mecca, featuring trails for all abilities. Meanwhile, on the road, national cycle route 13 and regional route 30 both pass through the town – although don’t forget to dismount when you reach the pedestrianised streets in Thetford town centre.
A quick word of advice: to reach Thetford Forest from Thetford itself, you need to cross the busy A11 dual carriageway, so please bear this in mind when planning your journey. The Everything Thetford team can advise on the most sensible crossing points.
THETFORD CYCLING ROUTES
If you don’t fancy walking around Thetford, there are three bus routes offering east-west travel or a loop of the town. You can also board local services to Watton, Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and as far as Kings Lynn, although this service is limited. National Express services also link Thetford to Norwich and Cambridge – you can get National Express tickets at the Everything Thetford shop.
THETFORD COACH SERVICES
Local trains are an excellent way of exploring nearby communities. Thetford is on the main line between Norwich and Cambridge, and frequent services stop at the market towns of Attleborough and Wymondham (also famous for its abbey ruins), as well as the cathedral city of Ely. It’s only one stop to Brandon, where you’ll find a heritage centre in the middle of town and the beautiful Brandon Country Park just a 1.5 mile walk away.
If you’re in Thetford without a car, don’t worry. Even though some local attractions – Grimes Graves, Banham Zoo and High Lodge, for example – can only be reached by car or taxi, there are loads of local taxi providers.
The 11 car parks in Thetford operated by Breckland Council are free. However, a few car parks are private pay and display or have time limits, so check when you arrive.